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'''Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach''' (28 July 1804 – 13 September 1872) was a German philosopher and anthropologist best known for his book ''The Essence of Christianity'', which provided a critique of Christianity which strongly influenced generations of later thinkers, including both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. An associate of Left Hegelian circles, Feuerbach advocated liberalism, atheism, and materialism. Many of his philosophical writings offered a critical analysis of religion. His thought was influential in the development of dialectical materialism, where he is often recognized as a bridge between Hegel and Marx.Harvey, Van A., "Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach", ''The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy'' (Winter 2008 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2008/entries/ludwig-feuerbach/.
RegionWestern Philosophy
Era19th-century philosophy
Birth date{{birth date|1804|7|28|df=yes}}
Birth placeLandshut, Electorate of Bavaria|Bavaria
Death date{{death date and age|1872|9|13|1804|7|28|df=yes}}
Death placeRechenberg near Nuremberg, German Empire
Alma materUniversity of Heidelberg
University of Erlangen
(Dr.phil.habil., 1828)
School traditionDialectical materialism[http://www.marxists.org/glossary/people/f/e.htm "Feuerbach, Ludwig"] at marxists.org. Accessed 18 April 2016.Nicholas Churchich, ''Marxism and Alienation'', Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1990, p. 57: "Although Marx has rejected Feuerbach's abstract materialism," Lenin says that Feuerbach's views "are consistently materialist," implying that Feuerbach's conception of causality is entirely in line with dialectical materialism."
Secular humanismRobert M. Price, [http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com/art_reli_secu_hum.htm Religious and Secular Humanism – What's the difference?]
Main interestsReligion, Christianity
InfluencesGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel|Hegel, Karl Daub, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi
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